A train serving the route between Tokyo and Yokohama collided with another train that was waiting for passengers at the Motosumiyoshi Station shortly after midnight on Feb. 15, causing light injuries among 19 passengers. The moving train had overrun its stop line and ran into the rear end of the waiting train, derailing the moving train’s first two cars because of the impact.
An official of the railway operator Tokyu Corp. suggested on Saturday that snow may have caused the accident. Fumiaki Shiroishi, general manager of Tokyu’s railway business, said the brakes of the moving train that rear-ended the other “were not as effective as expected due to the effects of snow.” Shirioshi also noted that the train’s automatic control system was working properly at the time of the incident. It was just that the brakes may not have operated correctly and caused the train to overrun the stop line by around 30 meters, thereby causing the collision. According to information from the Kanagawa Prefectural Police, the driver declared that he had applied the brakes but failed to stop in time. There were around 80 passengers in the train that was waiting and 60 more on the moving train.
“A shiver goes down my spine every time I recall what happened,” a 52-year-old man seated in the third car of the train that got hit said. He said that he hardly had time to process what had happened when all of a sudden he was already thrown into the aisle by the impact. Heavy snow had been a problem at the time of the accident, and train schedules runs had been disrupted. As of early Saturday afternoon, the train line had not resumed its service. Another mishap happened on Tokyu’s line on Saturday morning due to heavy snow. Part of the roof on a platform at Kodomonokuni Station collapsed, apparently due to the weight of snow on it.
[via Jiji Press]